Made as an exercise in my animation class at Swinburne University in 1990, TATLIN
is a rumination on the life & work of Vladimir Tatlin. The poem you hear is read by John Flaus, and was written by Velimir Klebnikov, whose description of Tatlin as 'one of the order of sun-catchers' was apt indeed.
The models and puppet of Tatlin were built on a tabletop and filmed with a Bolex camera over a period of several weeks.
Music by Mary Finsterer
Animation by David Cox
Assistance by Andrew Boucher,
Soo Ling Chong,
TATLIN by Velimir Klebnikov
Initiate of Whirling Blades
And austere singer of the screw propellor!
One of the order of sun-catchers
With a mighty hand has bent the iron horse shoe
To knot the spidery veil of rigging
Dumb and blind
The pincers look into the heart of secrets
Which he has demonstrated
Just as unsung
And possessed of deep knowledge
Are the tin objects
Which he has worked with a brush
Tatlin reputedly carried the original paper copy of this poem
everywhere he went in his pocket.
July 26, 2007 Subject:
Great little cine poem - quick to download too!
I caught this a coupla years back. It's a beautiful little vignette from back in the day when stop-motion was king and computers were the size of dinosaurs. Think harryhausen meets tetsuo inna mayakovsky constructivist stylee... Niiiiice!